COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Kirkby Stephen Hostel has always put the safety of its Guests and team first. With regards to Covid-19; Owner and staff, working together as a team, will strive, at all times, to take all of the appropriate measures to reduce the risks from Covid-19 for our staff, guests and contractors to the hostel.

To do this, a Risk Assessment has been completed that both identifies the possible risks and then develops the controls needed to reduce the risk. The result of this Risk Assessment is that we have invested in various types of equipment and implemented a number of procedures into all of our sites to reduce the risk of infection and demonstrate to our Guests that we offer an environment that is safe.

These include:

  • Investment in sanitizing stations and equipment, PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • Maintaining social distancing by reducing contact between the staff, and reducing contact between staff and guests as much as is practical.
  • Ensuring that cleaning and sanitising is carried out on a regular basis, to the highest of standards in all areas of the site.
  • Ensuring, where appropriate, adequate and effective PPE is made available for staff.
  • By ensuring adequate facilities and materials for effective hand washing and hand sanitising are made available for staff and guest use in all areas of the hotels.
  • By ensuring the latest up to date information/guidance on Covid-19 from the UK Government is made readily available to all staff and guests in the form of information posters around the Hostel, regular correspondence with staff and guests, regular staff meetings and training sessions.
  • By ensuring that in our business, customer and staff safety will always take priority.



At Kirkby Stephen Hostel we are committed to delivering a clean and safe environment and have created a 9-step safety and hygiene protocol to ensure our hotels are as clean and safe as possible. New cleaning and disinfection procedures, increased attention to cleaning in communal spaces, protective equipment, and updated training for team members are included in the new steps. These steps describe specific processes and measures that are designed to make you feel confident when you visit the Hostel.


1. Social distancing

We are implementing social distancing measures throughout the hostel.


2. Increase cleaning and disinfecting

We are increasing cleaning and disinfecting frequency throughout the hostel, paying attention to high-touch items.


3. Sanitising stations

We are installing alcohol-based hand sanitising units in all public areas.


4. Express check-out

We are providing an express check-out process to minimise contact with team members.


5. Bedroom Cleaning

We are deep cleaning after every stay. Doors will be sealed with a sticker after it has been cleaned in preparation for the next arrival.


6. Linens

We are washing all linens at a temperature above 60°C for optimal disinfection.


7. Team training

We are providing team members with comprehensive hygiene and prevention training programme.


8. Team member temperature checks

We are administering temperature checks for team members, when legally permitted or required.

9. Team member PPE

We are providing team members with personal protective equipment.

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